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Interview with former Galaxy player Josh Tudela

Josh Tudela was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 2007 MLS Super Draft. He played 23 games for the Galaxy and most recently was the Captain of the Los Angeles Blues of the USL-Pro League.

Where did you grow up and play college?

I grew up in Evansville Indiana and played at Indiana Univesity

What was your biggest accomplishment in college?

At Indiana, we won the Division 1 National Championship twice in 2003-04. In 2006 I was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

How and when did you turn pro?

I had a good career at Indiana and was drafted by the Galaxy with the 20th overall pick in 2007.

What was it like playing with Landon Donovan and David Beckham?

Playing along side David Beckham was incredible. He is a player that I always looked up to and to be able to see him play first hand was a dream come true. The balls he played were incredible. Landon Donovan is also a very good player. He trains like he is a champ. He gets after it everyday and works to improve his game.

What is the difference between playing in college and playing professional, besides the money?

Every level that a player goes up from High School to College and College to Pro's the players are a little faster, stronger, and much more intelligent. As players move up levels the mental part of the game has to increase tremendously.

What is the biggest misconception of today's young soccer players and even more important, their parents?

I feel, especially out in California that parents focus way to much on winning and dont really think about the development of the players. As long as the players are winning the parents are happy. The problem with that is that in 3 to 4 years those same kids are the ones that are getting cut from teams and the parents have no idea why. Also the work rate has significantally changed. Today kids don't want to put in the work that it takes to be a top athlete.

What is the one thing you would recommend to any soccer player that wants to take the next step in their soccer career?

You have to put in the work. The best saying is that Champions are made when nobody is watching....That means getting yourself out to the fields and working hours a day to became a better player.

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